Definition of anemone
1 : any of a large genus (Anemone) of perennial herbs of the buttercup family having lobed or divided leaves and showy flowers without petals but with conspicuous sepals —called also windflower
2 : sea anemone
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After maturing for 11 to 14 days, the juvenile is ready to swim back to the reef and select an anemone to call home.
Even the frisky anemones seemed to jump out in the screen.
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Origin and Etymology of anemone
Latin, from Greek anemōnē
First Known Use: 1548
ANEMONE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of anemone for English Language Learners
: a type of garden plant that has white, purple, or red flowers
ANEMONE Defined for Kids
Definition of anemone for Students
1 : a plant that blooms in spring and is often grown for its large white or colored flowers
2 : sea anemone
Medical Definition of anemone
1 capitalized : a genus of herbs of the buttercup family (Ranunculaceae) widely distributed in temperate and subarctic regions that have lobed or divided leaves and showy flowers and that include some (as a pasqueflower) used medicinally especially formerly
2: a plant or flower of the genus Anemone
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